Update on India’s States: November 20, 2019

Andhra Pradesh moves towards English medium schools; Maharashtra under President’s rule; Telangana transport employee strike continues; Concerns rise in northeast over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill; Haryana issues draft regulations to allow a single electricity meter for multi-establishment institutions; Kerala to continue providing off-grid solar incentives; Tamil Nadu fight over renewable power tariffs escalates; Uttarakhand cabinet approves new regulations for start-ups to expand employment of locals; and more.

Center – State Relations

Nothing critical to report this week.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the Nadu-Nedu program. This program aims to transform government schools into technology-driven, competitive, English medium schools that prepare students for the future job market. Source: India Today

Nothing critical to report this week.

Delhi electricity distribution company BSES announced that BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd has partnered with Australia’s Power Ledger, a global leader in blockchain technology. The partnership hopes to launch consumer-to-consumer solar power trading on a trial basis. Source: News 18 In Detail: Press Release

The Gujarat government announced a relief package of $97.7 million for over 400,000 farmers in the state whose crops have been damaged due to excess rains this year. Source: Economic Times

Haryana Electricity Regulation Commission has invited various stakeholders to share their comments on the draft Single Point Supply Regulations 2019 by November 28. Source: Punjab News Express In detail: Draft regulation

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will extend a $500 million long-term project loan to Mumbai Urban Transport Corporation and invest $75 million in Tata Cleantech Capital. Source: Economic Times In Detail: Press Release

Maharashtra has been placed under President’s rule. Although election results were announced weeks ago, there is still no government in sight in the state as the power-sharing struggle continues. Source: India Today

The Rajasthan government has decided to open its huge potash reserves to the private sector through auctions. Source: Times of India

The state government has identified locations for setting up six new medical colleges and released $83.7 million for kickstarting the construction work. Source: Times of India

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity has asked the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission to pass a new tariff order for power procured from renewable sources. Source: Mercom

The transport employee strike that began on October 5 continues, while parties on both sides await the high court’s verdict on the impasse. Source: News18

To keep a check on non-payment of electricity dues, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered over 500,000 prepaid power meters to be installed in all government offices, official residences of ministers and politicians. Source: India Today

Major clashes broke out between farmers and Uttar Pradesh Police after the farmers staged a protest demanding compensation for their land acquired by the government for residential projects in the district. Source: Times Now

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Arunachal Pradesh

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority held the first ever international buyer seller meet on agriculture and horticulture produce in Arunachal Pradesh. Source: Economic Times In Detail: Press Release

The state government has convened a cabinet meeting on November 18 to discuss the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament. Source: News 18

Assam

Protests broke out across Assam on Friday against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Opposition parties have criticized the bill as discriminatory on religious grounds, saying it deliberately omits Muslims. Source: Scroll.in

The government of Assam launched a project for transformation of the Inland Water Transport system on the National Waterways in the state of Assam. Source: Economic Times

The Assam government has passed its first export policy to boost exports in nine focus areas, including tea, wellness, hospitality, and health tourism. Source: Times of India

Assam Industries and Commerce Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia India Business Council to improve the two-way trade and investment between India and Malaysia. Source: Money Control

Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel gave its nod for the merger and integration of various health schemes running in the State into one. Source: Economic Times

Kerala

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has extended the validity of its incentives for off-grid solar projects by extending the program by another two years. Source: Mercom

Meghalaya

The state cabinet approved the Meghalaya Excise Amendment Rules, 2019 which aimed at improving revenue collection in the state. Source: North East Now

Punjab

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry published the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016-2018. Despite being one of the most affluent states in the country, Punjab has the highest prevalence of iron deficiency among children across all three age groups. Source: Times of India In detail: Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016-2018 report

Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand cabinet announced that start-ups registered outside the state employ local residents for at least 50 percent of their positions in order to operate in the state and get benefits of the policy for start-ups. Source: Indian Express

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